Hallowell, Maine’s smallest city, rests on the banks of the Kennebec River. It was settled in approximately 1762 and was once a granite and lumbering community. Granite from Hallowell was used to construct several buildings within the region. The small city is also classified as a National Historic District.
Today, Hallowell features many unique and delightful antique and specialty shops in the downtown business district. Hallowell is also home to renowned art galleries and local artists, performing arts theaters, and festivals. Downtown Hallowell is teeming with bars, taverns, and restaurants that are often full of locals and tourists alike.
A state-operated boat landing is located on the south end of the city. It is the hub of activities during the summer months as people launch their boats to cruise the beautiful Kennebec River all the way to the ocean. In the north end of the city, Granite Park is a popular spot in the warmer months to grab a seat in one of adirondack chairs that line the Kennebec River and watch the river flow by. Nicknamed the “New Orleans on the Kennebec,” it is said that Hallowell retains the charm of yesteryear, the flavor of old world simplicity, and the warmth of old-fashioned hospitality.